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Blu-ray vs. HD DVD: Whose side are you on?

So, what's the difference? And what does this format skirmish mean to you? After all, both Blu-ray and HD, viewed on one of those $2,000, 1080p flat-screens, offer jaw-dropping visual clarity. Both formats will have theaters scrambling for higher quality, as evidenced by the wide release of Beowulf on IMAX and digital projection screens next month. Both Blu-ray and HD are backwards compatible, so you don't have to chuck the DVDs you already own. And both have a high level of interaction. Get bored watching Cars and you can actually play along with the movie. Want to know about Lightning McQueen and the history of the Ford GT40? Just push a button. If you've already spent all your lunch money for a PS3 or XBox 360, then you know about the interactivity afforded by Blu-ray and HD.

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Mr PS33676d ago

Since you have to buy an HD DVD add on to be able to support any of these and you sinner are to cheap to do that it don't surprise me when you say none and i mean if half of you xbots supported your xbox like you all bleet on here about i,m sure the HD DVD might actully be winning but as i say you sinner and all your freinds on your freind list and all the other cheap assed xboxts on here like to bleet but the basic facts are you like your things in life to be cheap thats why you bought an xbox and there is no way your gonna buy an add on that is almost as much as that cheap assed game console the xbox

MindTooth3677d ago

Currently my stake is with HD DVD. But I will not purchase either one of the formats.

BloodySinner3677d ago

Dude, you avatar is RAD! I LOVE IT! Hahahaha!

IdontTakeSides3677d ago

BLU-RAY....is there another format that I don't know of..???...I thought Blu-Ray was competitng with Regular DVD's !!!..im beign sarcastic kk..HD-DVD supporters ..if there's ne at all..!!!

ruibing3677d ago

Same here. BD has the backing (studios), technology (organic dye for cheap BD-R and 100GB tri-layer), and user base (every PS3 owner will be a BD supporter as long as Sony promotes it well).

Iceman X3677d ago

Blu ray and HD DVD both do 1080p, but Blu ray does PCM uncompressed audio which HD DVD can't do because of size issue. HD DVD uses Dolby Plus which is the same as Dolby EX(DVD audio), And it also uses Dolby True HD(compressed)which is better than Dolby 5.1 but not as high as PCM uncompressed(HD audio). And then you got your size limits Blu ray single layer 25gb dual layer 50gb, HD DVD single layer 15gb dual layer 30gb. And then look at Transformers HD DVD... only had Dolby EX on it... DVD sound on a HD movie??? ALL Blu ray movies come with PCM there are a few (less than 20) thaat doesn't. And last, over 80% of movie companies are with Blu ray the rest are with HD DVD, only Paramount and Universal still HD DVD exclusive. And for some of you that think everything is too high that's not true i get ALL my blu ray's from Amazon.com $22 each a few was $27 but still all those movies were $29-$34 at Bestbuy/Circtui City. And if you don't have a surround system that can do PCM audio you can get them very cheap Sony have a receiver for $300 at Bestbuy for those looking to upgrade. HD video and HD audio is not for every1 some people are not into or ready for upgrading thier current set up. But if you want the BEST out your blu ray then 1080p video/PCM audio is where you want to go.

jaja14343677d ago

Fair enough, but about 95% of the people don't want the best. I keep saying this but, if best is what the people wanted Wal-Mart wouldn't be number one in the world.

Second, yea I know, the whole sound thing relates to what I just said. To even taken advantage of 7.1 you need a damm good speaker set up. Add on to that the receiver you mentioned for 300$. And even then You would be very hard pressed to hear the difference. Though I bet someone would counter with you could if you really tried. But I don't want to pay lots of money to get a sound system where I have to "try" and tell the difference.

Lastly, finally I might add, anyone can quote specs and some might even care, but from life experience well I don't give a damm. All I care about is what I can get for the least amount of money. Which relates to Wal-Mart once again. There certainly don't sell the highest quality, but they do sell some of the cheapest.

Err I lied about the lastly :/...Basically while I can respect your opinion that BR is better and thats great. Hell it just might be the best and once 2.0 comes out it may be the end all be all greatest formate of this generation. But unfortunately its not the cheapest and in this world more often than not, the cheapest item sells. So if Toshiba forces BR to come down to the same range as HD I'll jump on it in a second, but until then. HD gets my buck. :)

shmee3677d ago

This format war is really over.

even with Trasnsformers HD DVD couldnt beat Blu-Ray just for a single week since inception.

can you even imagine what happens when Spiderman 3 and Pirates 3 are released.

November 2 ,2007 see Spidey 3 being bundled with PS3 . expect BD to outsell HD DVD by very big margins that week

WilliamRLBaker3677d ago (Edited 3677d ago )

Blu ray and HD DVD both do 1080p, but Blu ray does PCM uncompressed audio which HD DVD can't do because of size issue.
(wrong, It can do it but they choose not to because of size issues...oh wait I mean they used to choose not too, 51 gig hd dvds which work on all hd dvd players so far is one more gig then 50 gig bluray therefor space and thensome is avaiable for PCM uncompressed)

HD DVD uses Dolby Plus which is the same as Dolby EX(DVD audio), And it also uses Dolby True HD(compressed)which is better than Dolby 5.1 but not as high as PCM uncompressed(HD audio).
(HD DVD uses Dolby plus, Dolby EX, Dolby HD, DTS HD, Dolby True HD is a losless Compression, and High bitrate Dolby Plus which transformers use ....well lets just say Studio mastering workers cannot tell a difference between that and uncompressed PCM most of the time)

And then you got your size limits Blu ray single layer 25gb dual layer 50gb, HD DVD single layer 15gb dual layer 30gb. And then look at Transformers HD DVD... only had Dolby EX on it... DVD sound on a HD movie???
(yet again 51 gig triple layer that works on all hd dvd players so far, And Dolby EX? wrong It uses Dolby Digital Plus at 1509Kb/s bit rate, and most reviews give it the highest score possible for sound)

ALL Blu ray movies come with PCM there are a few (less than 20) thaat doesn't. And last, over 80% of movie companies are with Blu ray the rest are with HD DVD, only Paramount and Universal still HD DVD exclusive.
(actually if you did the research Its about a half and half split when it comes to major studios and a 60/40 split when it comes to smaller studios, And ALL blu ray movies dont come with uncompressed PCM, Oh and I should add that a good 99% of users with a surround sound system dont own one capable of uncompressed PCM, Dolby HD, Or DTS HD.)

And for some of you that think everything is too high that's not true i get ALL my blu ray's from Amazon.com $22 each a few was $27 but still all those movies were $29-$34 at Bestbuy/Circtui City.
(Good for you, but the common consumer still buys most physical media at store, not online)

And if you don't have a surround system that can do PCM audio you can get them very cheap Sony have a receiver for $300 at Bestbuy for those looking to upgrade.
(Link? I check into surround sound systems most of the time, And the only One I've seen that supports Dolby HD, DTS HD, And Uncompressed PCM is an 1000 dollar receiver and thats just the receiver you still have to purchase the speakers, and that can cost alot because you dont pare 50 watt speakers with an high end receiver your wasting your money)

HD video and HD audio is not for every1 some people are not into or ready for upgrading thier current set up. But if you want the BEST out your blu ray then 1080p video/PCM audio is where you want to go.

(In a reality scenario most experts cant tell a difference between 1080i and 1080p, especially at sizes below 40 inches, and most Studio master workers cannot tell a difference between Dolby Digial Plus and PCM/Dolby HD/DTS HD)

My personal opinion:I dont need to say that We are just now geting into a major buying time for consumers when it comes to HDTVS, TVS of quality tend to last, as for that HDTVS at there lowest are still higher priced then the equivilent sizes of SDTVS at the same period in age, Most consumers dont own an Surround sound system the ones that do, Do not own one capable of either Dolby Hd, DTS HD, OR uncompressed PCM, OR Dolby Digital Plus.

Most consumers at this time are going to purchase the older reliable standards, 720p-1080i, Cheaper Surround sound systems that are reliable and are capable of DTS 5.1, Dolby 5.1, DTS 7.1, and Dolby 7.1.

Surround sound systems, And HDTVS are just now comming into their own, Most common consumers aren't searching for the high end best, when all together to get it you'll have to spend upwards of 4000 dollars.

*the above reply is all fact do some research, surveys into buying patterns...ect*

Edit: http://www.highdefdigest.co...
^ a great article on the futility of the warring factions.

AnalFace3677d ago

I couldnt give a damn anymore, quite happy with DVD at 1080i :)

C_SoL3677d ago

well ya, i feel bad for you....

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